April 2020

Fender

ARTICLES

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A High Five for an Underappreciated Fender

March 20, 2020
Handwired by amp guru Paul Rivera, this ’80s Concert rules for everything from blues to rock, and Americana.
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A Custom-Finished Fender Worth Five Figure$

March 18, 2020
Ash, rosewood, and factory-original black paint bedeck this beautiful 1964 Strat.
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DIY: How to String a Fender-Style Electric Guitar

March 17, 2020
A fast, easy video demo of how to replace strings on any standard electric with all six tuners on the same side of the headstock.
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Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster: The Premier Guitar Review

March 9, 2020
The Jazzmaster finally gets an upscale modern facelift—with enhanced playability and expressive potential as the payoff.
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10 "Wide Range"-Style Pickups for Plebs

March 6, 2020
Fender's hallowed vintage humbucker with CuNiFe-magnet pole pieces boasts one-of-a-kind tones. Problem is, it costs $500+ per pickup on the used market.
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Long-Overdue Love for Louie

March 5, 2020
He played for James Brown, John Lennon, Streisand, Whitney, and countless others. So how come so few guitar nuts know storied session ace Louie Shelton?
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Rig Rundown: Josh Smith

March 4, 2020
A bona fide blues shredder breaks down his powerful pedalboard and rips some licks on his trusty Chapin T-style.
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The DIY Relic Job—Fantasy or Reality?

February 28, 2020
Yes, it is possible to age your instrument. But there are pitfalls to avoid and techniques to master.
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Alcest’s Neige Describes a Place Where Blackness and Beauty Meet

February 25, 2020
The man behind the band that created blackgaze two decades ago discusses supernatural visions, his pragmatic approach to songwriting and tone, his love for the Jazzmaster, and his band’s new album, Spiritual Instinct.
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How to Get Big Tones on Small Stages

February 25, 2020
Find the sweet spot between volume, sanity, and sonic happiness with classic-style Fender amps.
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Rig Rundown: Rick Beato

February 19, 2020
One of YouTube’s leading music authorities opens up his well-stocked studio and shares the stories behind some of his most cherished gear.
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Fender Launches the Eric Johnson Virginia Stratocaster

February 11, 2020
The new model launches the company's Stories Collection.
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Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb: The Premier Guitar Review

February 7, 2020
A DSP-driven blackface Deluxe that dares players to differentiate between tube and digital.
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Rig Rundown: Duane Denison

February 5, 2020
The Jesus Lizard and Tomahawk riffer reveals how working as a setup tech for Gibson informed the design of his signature aluminum axes from Electrical Guitar Company.
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Fender American Ultra Jazz Bass: The Premier Guitar Review

January 30, 2020
An iconic bass undergoes a few tweaks to its formula, but make no mistake—this 4-string is all Jazz and then some.
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Fender Announces Change in Ownership

January 28, 2020
The historic company's majority owner is Servco Pacific Incorporated.
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Fender Tom Morello Signature Strat and Player Series Lead II & III Demos | NAMM 2020

January 19, 2020
One of Tom Morello's most iconic guitars becomes available to the masses, while the company reissues a cult classic.
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Fender Mustang GTX100, Mustang LT50 & '64 Custom Princeton Reverb | NAMM 2020

January 17, 2020
Two amps with a plethora of dial-up tones on tap for players of all levels, plus a handwired sound machine that helped define the company gets a reverent reissue.
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NAMM 2020 Day 1 Gallery

January 16, 2020
The first day was full of new gear from Two Notes, Revv, Gibson, Jackson Audio, and the biggest Metal Zone you've ever seen.
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Fender Acoustasonic Stratocaster Demo | NAMM 2020

January 16, 2020
The follow-up to last year's successful Acoustasonic Telecaster revisits the Strat template with a new array of voices, including a killer dreadnought sound and dirty and clean electric Strat tones.
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